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International Crimes Tribunal

War crimes suspect held in Barisal

War crimes suspect held in Barisal

Detectives arrested a man in Barisal town today for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.  A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Md Forkan Mallik in Rupatoli bus stand area of the town around 9:00am, reports our Patuakhali correspondent quoting Jafrul Hasan, a sub-inspector of...

War crimes trial: Mobarak verdict any day

War crimes trial: Mobarak verdict any day

A tribunal in Dhaka today concluded hearing arguments in a war crimes case against former Razakar commander Mobarak Hossain and will deliver its verdict any day. The 64-year-old accused, now behind the bars, also served as the organising secretary of a union parishad unit of Awami League for 16 years till 2012. While serving as a Jamaat member during the Liberation War of 1971, he was involved in murder, abduction, confinement, torture and loot, according to the charges pressed against him. On completion of the arguments by both the sides today, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 kept Mobarak's verdict CAV (Curia Advisari Vult), meaning it will be delivered any day. Mobarak, as a commander...

Rift intensifies in war crimes prosecution

The escalating power struggle within the prosecution team of the international crimes tribunal has now made uncertain the filing of the war crimes case against the Jamaat-e-Islami. Since April 30, there has been a chief prosecutor and an acting chief prosecutor of the team. Acting chief prosecutor Syed Haider Ali had a notice issued asking the prosecutors of the case to give him the probe report and other documents, apparently ignoring the fact that Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arief Tipoo had joined...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Kamaruzzaman's appeal hearing starts May 18

Kamaruzzaman's appeal hearing starts May 18

The Supreme Court today fixed May 18 for starting hearing an appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty awarded to him for his wartime offences. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain set the date as the appeal came up in the hearing...

War crimes probe agency seeks arrest power

Against the backdrop of the tendency on the part of the accused to abscond during probe, the investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal has proposed empowering agency officials to arrest an accused without warrant. A letter of the agency, signed by its co-ordinator Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, recently proposed that the law ministry amend the corresponding section of International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 in this connection. The agency has so far completed probe into 19 cases. The proceedings of four...

Jamaat to stage demo for release of Nizami, Sayedee

Jamaat to stage demo for release of Nizami, Sayedee

Jamaat-e-Islami will stage countrywide agitation on May 4 demanding release of its Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and Senior Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Both the leaders are now facing war crimes charges for their crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971. Jamaat, a key partner in the BNP-led 19-party alliance, will also hold...

Bergman to be tried for contempt of court

Bergman to be tried for contempt of court

A special tribunal in Dhaka today decided to start trial of David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, for his write-ups that questioned the Liberation War death figure and demeaned dignity of the court. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan also asked Bergman to reply in 15 days why punitive action should not be taken against him for his remarks. In its order, the three-member panel said the tribunal is not satisfied with Bergman's reply that he submitted on March 18 following the court’s order. Preliminary element of contempt of court has been found in his remarks, the tribunal said. Later, it fixed May 11 for further hearing on...

Prosecution seeks Sayedee’s death

Prosecution seeks Sayedee’s death

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today prayed to the Supreme Court to give death penalty to Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee in all the cases proved before the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) -1. He made the prayer while placing concluding arguments on the appeal in connection with the crimes against humanity cases lodged against Sayedee. The ICT-1 on February 28 last year awarded death penalty in two charges although the eight charges were proved against him. On March 28, Sayedee filed an appeal with the apex court seeking acquittal from the charges and the government side on the same day submitted a separate appeal to the SC demanding capital punishment in all the...

WAR CRIMES

Investigators seek Jamaat ban

Investigators seek Jamaat ban

After conviction and indictment of top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami for wartime offences, investigators have sought ban of the organisation and its associate bodies saying there are evidence of their involvement in the 1971 crimes. "We're also going to urge the prosecution for seeking confiscation of the assets of Jamaat and its associate organisations which...

Arab League chief hails war trial

Arab League chief hails war trial

The Arab League chief Nabil El Araby has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for holding trial for war crimes, according to the foreign ministry. The message was conveyed when State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam met him in Cairo yesterday, said a foreign ministry press release issued today. "The Arab League Secretary-General Dr Nabil El Araby praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “guts and determination” to form and hold trials at the International Crimes Tribunals, Bangladesh (ICT-BD)," said the release. During the meeting, the veteran diplomat recounted memories of the deliberations in the UN Security Council during Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Liberation. The Secretary-General said he was following the developments with trials at...

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